I don’t believe this little number captured by the lovely Gladys Jem could be more charming if it tried. It simply couldn’t. Because I can barely handle all the details that were perfectly placed by Charmed Events Group where it stands now, it all just makes me want to squeal. It’s California chic yet feels like the most intimate of dinner parties. It’s twinkling lights and warm embraces. It’s everything. So perhaps I should just surrender and squeal away over all the sweet touches, pretty palettes and happy florals from Tanjeeryn Designs…I have a feeling I won’t be alone. See it all here.
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From the Bride… One of my favorite parts of our wedding day was sitting at the sweetheart table during dinner, holding Tony’s hand, and looking out at the lights and listening to the excited chatter. We both felt so moved and fortunate realizing that this was the only time all our favorite people were in one place at the same time, in celebration and love.
The Rengstorff House was the first venue Tony and I visited when we began our venue hunt. I fell in love. But, we did shop around for some time and nothing seemed quite right. We came back to the R house after a couple months of hunting and knew this was always the “the one”. We loved the intimate feel and charm of the house. The house is a historic Victorian and most of the wedding took place outdoors in the garden areas so my theme was a “Victorian Garden” – the idea was to keep a lot of it classic and clean and allow the natural and historical beauty of the venue to shine.
We personalized our wedding with our own touches (oyster bar was very me, scotch and cigar was all Tony, ceremony was personalized and so special because our dear friend Dave officiated so beautifully.) Tony and I had the goal of being as present as possible at our wedding and I think we accomplished that. We’ve been together for a long time so our family and friends know us both really well and were all so excited for us to tie the knot! It was an amazing day…we enjoyed every minute of it and we’d do it all over again if we could. We had a great team of vendors to thank for making our dream day come true.
Wedding Photography: Gladys Jem Photography / Second Shooter: Rachelle Derouin Photography / Wedding Venue: Rengstorff House in Mountain View, California / Wedding Planning: Charmed Events Group, LLC / Floral Design: Tanjeeryn Designs / Officiant: Dave Radford (Friend of the couple) / Cinematography: Vu Nguyen / Wedding Catering: Le Bonne Cuisine Catering & Events / Desserts: Sweet Luna Desserts / Oyster Bar: The Oyster Girls / Wedding Stationery: Olive & Jude / DJ: Cory of Big Fun Disc Jockeys / Linens + Rentals: Williams Party Rentals + Stuart Rental Company / Lighting: Williams Party Rentals / Photobooth: Ultimate Photobooth / Wedding Dresses: Priscilla of Boston / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Donna Morgan via Nordstrom Bridal Suite / Hair + Makeup: Joli De Jackie (Bride) + Lilyann of A-List Makeup (Bridal Party) / Groom’s Suit: Perry Ellis
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DIY meets traditional elegance in this soiree captured beautifully by Chyna Darner Photography, and the result is one stunning marriage of styles. DIY with a timeless twist, which is practically perfect for this stunning set of lovebirds. It all makes for a full gallery of images that should not be missed, so be sure to set aside some time today for all the lovely!
From Chyna Darner Photography… Vincent and Alessandra met in California while Vincent was visiting a mutual friend and vacationing. They were instantly attracted to one another and exchanged Skype info before Vincent returned to Holland. They spoke over Skype every day for a year and exchanged handwritten cards and gifts via the mail once per month. In this age of digital technologies, we live in a society that rarely takes the time to hand-write letters. These love letters and cards became a special token of their affection for one another and are now safely stored away as keepsakes. The bride recalls one of her fondest Skyping memories, “One time while Vincent and I were Skyping, my doorbell rang. At the door was a beautiful bouquet of roses that Vincent had delivered. The timing was perfect! It felt like he gave them to me even though he wasn’t really there.”
After this long year of communicating online, they decided they could no longer live on two separate continents and started planning their wedding. They had a beautiful and quaint wedding at the Rengtorff House in Mountain View. Nine of their guests took the voyage from Holland over to California for the big event. Alessandra’s friends whole-heartedly pitched into to the wedding preparations by setting up tables, lighting, baking desserts, arranging flowers and styling her hair. Their DJ was even a friend volunteering his time. It was one of the most organized DIY weddings I have ever photographed!
The theme was based around her dress and the venue with touches of Holland tossed into the design. In preparation for the wedding, she frequented photographers’ blogs that featured weddings at Rengstorff and Pinterest. After the wedding and a honeymoon on Maui, they returned to Holland to begin a new life together.
Wedding Photography: Chyna Darner Photography / Wedding Venue: Rengstorff House in Mountain View, California / Floral Design: Friends of the Bride / Catering: Gama Saveur Catering (818-294-4993) / Wedding Cake: Copenhagen Bakery / Desserts: Friends of the Bride / Wedding Dress: Paloma Blanca / Hair: A Friend of the Bride / Makeup: Kelly Ferrante
Have you ever seen a more ethereal bride than this next gorgeous creature? She looks absolutely angelic! A great feat on your wedding day as many married folks can attest to! Maybe it was the magnificent estate and grounds where this Northern California wedding took place that set the tone for this exquisite affair. The serenity is enhanced by the romantic photography from Delbarr Moradi Photography. Run to the full gallery if you want to see more from this cool, calm Autumn wedding!
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David and I knew we wanted the wedding to be an intimate yet simple event for our close friends and family members. To bring out that intimacy, we envisioned to have everyone gather at a homey location close by, with a beautiful view for our guests to enjoy as well as spacious and intriguing grounds for the little ones to play on. Remarkably, not too far from home, we stumbled upon a venue that satisfied all our needs. With the majestic décor of a Victorian house and vastly diverse grounds, the Rengstorff Estate presented a character that we were not able to find elsewhere. More importantly, the openness of the venue allowed us to be creative! We brought out the richness of fall with vibrant autumn colors and pumpkin centerpieces. We also brought out the “starlight” with many hanging lights and lanterns.
Our photographers, Delbarr and her husband, were so warm and friendly; it was easy for me and David to display our adoration for each other. During our shoot, we even ventured off into the tall grass and leaf piles to explore the grounds beyond the estate. Watching us closely, our little flower girls did not hesitate to join in on the amusement.
Our vendors were all a great help and they constantly expressed their heartfelt excitement for me and David. Our flowers were done by a kind, friendly and accommodating lady, Sophia, who captured the richness of our theme with orange calla lilies and dark berries. More importantly, our biggest thanks go out to our friends who contributed their time and effort to set up and transform the site into a beautiful wedding. I don’t know how we could have pulled it off without them. The contribution and the blessings from all our guests made the wedding everything we could ask for and an experience that we will never forget.
Wedding Photography: Delbarr Moradi Photography / Ceremony + Reception Venue: Rengstorff House / Wedding Cake: Bijan Bakery / Cake Toppers: Red Light Studio / Flowers: Flowers by Sophia / Chopsticks: Hanson Ellis / Pumpkin Centerpieces: La Rose / Rentals: Danny Thomas /Dress: Group USA / Make up + Hair: Michelle from Salon Finesse / Hair Accessory: Yacanna / Jewelry: Na Hoku / Bridesmaids’ dresses: Jessica McClintock / Grooms suit: Versace / Grooms tie: Louis Vuitton